Posts for July 2003

Code - The Theme of Ars '03

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Ars Electronica, the Austrian Festival for 'Art, Technology & Society' has been a social and critical staple of the technoart scene for almost 25 years. Founded to support dialogue between industry, the academy, and artists using consumer electronics, video, satellite, and radio, this year the Festival, which takes place in early September, takes as its theme 'Code - The Language of Our Time - CODE = Law, CODE = Art, CODE = Life.' Quite a mouthful, but the slogan denotes a focus on privacy, copyright, media art, and bioinformatics. Online forums are usually a staple of Ars, but this year's web site offers detailed previews of Conferences, Exhibitions, Events, Prizes, and more. Also, the site houses an exhaustive archive of previous Festivals -- however seemingly outdated or idiosyncratic the topics or discussions seem in hindsight, dig deep. Invariably you'll excavate some interesting material. -- Rachel Greene

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etoy Wants and Needs You

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Swiss-German net art outfit with brand ambition seeks to hire a translator to turn three pages of German copy into English. Beyond linguistic skills, applicants must be able to cope with the 'etoy.LIFESTYLE,' which means tolerating the crew's strict observance of corporate parody and highly regimented behavior. Payment will be issued in the form of $400 of registered etoy.SHARES. If your German is rusty, there are other jobs open with etoy -- Psychiatrist and Pilot have recently been filled, but Private Secretary and Accountant positions are still up for grabs. Not sure if these job announcements reflect an expanding collaborative practice or if they're intended to set the stage for an upcoming mission. Perhaps both? -- Rachel Greene

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If 3 Was 1

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When is winning third place really first? When you win at Third Place Gallery! From now until August 15, upload screenshots and links to your artwork to the site, sponsored by PlayStation 2, and you will be entered into a competition that could win you 2000 Euro and a place at Liljevalchs in Stockholm. Select contributors may also win Sony digital still and video cameras. If you don't feel like entering the competition, browse dazzling contributions from artists such as Briton Jessica Loseby, Canadian Jim Andrews, and French Nicholas Clauss. -Lewis LaCook

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